Historic Building Preservation Commission

Current Members

John Stockbridge, Chairman
Ben Branch
Amy Parsons
Shelley Smith

914-666-4434 – Anne Paglia, Secretary
Email: Anne Paglia

2017  HBPC Schedule

This commission was formed in order to protect and preserve buildings in the Town of Bedford, which have or represent distinctive elements of the Town’s historical, archaeological, architectural or cultural past that are not part of the Town’s historic districts. The commission is comprised of five members that are appointed by the Town Board.The Town’s Historic Building Preservation Law requires commission approval for demolition or significant exterior alteration of a Historic Building. The Law also defines Historic Building and requires that the Town prepare and maintain a Survey of Historic Buildings

 

 

Commission Recommendations to Overhaul the
Historic Building Preservation Law
The Town of Bedford Historic Building Preservation Commission has recommended to the Town Board to overhaul the Historic Building Preservation Law. With the guidance of the public, and in particular, owners of historic properties, the Commission and the Town Board have worked on the overhaul proposal for nearly five years. The Town hired outside consultants to prepare a survey, or list, of properties within the Town worthy of historic designation. Working with this survey as a guide, the Commission established a tier system of historic properties prioritizing their significance. Over several years the Commission held five public information sessions and met with the Town Board in four work sessions. Key provisions of the overhaul proposal are reduction in the number of properties regulated; significant scaling back of the authority of the Commission; clear establishment of “as of right” activities (no historic permit required); a new administrative permit to cut time and expense; and plain English rewrites of several provisions of the law.   The Town Board also is considering a partial rebate in building permit fees for historic work.

At the April 4, 2017 meeting of the Town Board, the Historic Building Preservation Commission, the Town’s attorneys and Planning Director presented the final recommendations of the overhaul proposal.  At the conclusion of the presentation the Town Board scheduled a public hearing for 8 PM on Tuesday, April 18 at which to hear from the public regarding the proposal.   In addition to the usual notice of the law change, the Town also will send a letter to each Tier 1 and Tier 2 property owner.